UPDATE: Man Shot at Whitman Houses Pronounced DOA at Hospital

Incident occurred Monday night outside of building located at 84 Carlton Ave.

Update, 10:50 a.m.: Several residents report that the shooting took place in the courtyard outside of 84 and 86 Carlton Avenue, rather than indoors as originally reported.

The victim, a 20-year-old man named Justin, lived in 86 Carlton with his mother. He was a recent graduate of Susan S. McKinney High School on Park Avenue.

Larry Grinnage, a resident of 84 Carlton, told Patch: "He was a nice kid. He just graduated high school. He was taking college courses. He'd never been arrested or anything like that. Never got into any kind of trouble. It's sad. He was just happy as hell the other day. His mother bought him a PlayStation 3."


A 20-year-old man was pronounced dead on arrival at Brooklyn Hospital after being shot Monday night in the chest at Whitman Houses, police said.

The incident occurred at 9:20 p.m. in the third floor hallway of a building located at 84 Carlton Ave., according to police.

The homicide is the first for the year in the 88th Precinct, which covers Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

No word from police about any suspects.

Check back with Patch for updates.

Paul Leonard March 07, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Joe, I assure you this story is a priority for Patch. To that end, we will be attending a meeting organized by Tish James tonight at Ingersoll Houses on an unrelated matter -- hopefully in the process we'll get more community reaction to the Monday's incident.
Yolanda Rodriguez March 08, 2012 at 12:14 AM
RIP Justin you was in the same class of my son Louie . My prayers go out to your family. Peace Yolanda
cheryl foy March 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Really don't like to hear terrible news, especially when it doesn't have to be. My son and I knew Justin. He played basketball at Mckinney High School. I took him home a couple of times after the game. He visited my home many times to spend time with my son, Melvin. Justin was the average teenager, always showed respect and discipline and loved to play video games. Tragic news is always devastating, but when it happens to someone close to you or a famliy member it just hurts so so bad. To Justin's mom, dad, relatives and friends my heart aches for the loss of your love one and hope you find the strength and faith to carry on in your lives. PLEASE! PLEASE! STOP THE VIOLENCE||||||||||| Mother/Melvin
Paul Leonard March 08, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Suspect ID'ed by police: http://fortgreene.patch.com/articles/police-release-more-details-in-whitman-houses-slaying
tee March 08, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Really, what can elected officials do??? OUR kids are killing US. We do a lot of talking and going to church, but something is very, very wrong, people. And I don't want to over simplify a very difficult situation, but nobody can put an end to this violence but us. Somehow, we have forsaken our children. My grandparents were poor--very poor-- and uneducated (can't forget that!) and they lived every day with a bad man named JIM CROW camped right outside their door. Yet, they were honorable, descent and hard working people. I will forever be PROUD of my grandparents. Not all, but many of these kids walking around now...not so much and the truth is: its not their fault. My heart aches for the family of Justin Cherry.


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